Home to the Museo di Arte Contemporanea (Museum of Contemporary Art) since 1984, this restored royal Savoy residence outside Turin is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Tour the sumptuous castle interiors, visit contemporary exhibitions, and view the remarkable Cerruti Collection of art spanning seven centuries, set to be unveiled in 2019.
The Castle of Rivoli (Castello di Rivoli) came into the hands of the House of Savoy in the 11th century and was almost completely destroyed in the Second World War. After a lengthy and meticulous restoration, in part guided by contemporary architect Andrea Bruno, the castle and Manica Lunga annex were reopened with the Museo di Arte Contemporanea—Italy’s first contemporary art museum—in 1984.
Today, you can get a glimpse into life at the Savoy court by visiting the renovated royal apartments and also see works by some of the most important modern and contemporary artists at the Museo di Arte Contemporanea. Beginning in 2019, visitors will be able to view the expansive collection of Italian businessman Francesco Federico Cerruti, which spans the 13th to 20th century. Combine a visit to the Castello di Rivoli with a tour of the top attractions in nearby Turin, including the Royal Palace, Mole Antonelliana, and Chapel of the Holy Shroud.
Things to Know Before You Go
- There are wheelchair-accessible entrances to both the castle building and the Manica Lunga annex.
- Visitors may take photographs without flash or tripods inside the castle and museum.
- Contemporary-art enthusiasts especially enjoy viewing the important museum collection.
- There is a lot of ground to cover in the castle and museum, so wear comfortable shoes and be prepared for a bit of walking.
How to Get There
The Castle of Rivoli is located in Rivoli, about 9 miles (15 kilometers) outside the city of Turin. There is no direct public transportation, so the best way to visit is by joining a guided tour that includes transportation. On Saturday and Sunday, a free shuttle runs between Piazza Castello in central Turin and Castello di Rivoli.
When to Get There
The complex is closed Monday, so plan to visit Tuesday to Friday when the castle is open but not crowded with weekend visitors.
Visiting the Royal Residence
About 20 rooms and halls of the former royal residence have been restored and are now open to visitors. These include a chapel and sacristy, state rooms, a concert room, and a number of intricately stuccoed and frescoed audience chambers.